According to a report from The Wall Street Journal, Apple is preparing to unveil an upgraded iCloud service at WWDC in June. Citing sources that are “familiar with the matter”, they also claim the features would include new photo-sharing capabilities for sharing and commenting on sets of photos. It also mentioned the ability to sync video to iCloud, which sounds a lot like a Video Stream feature that was rumoured last year.
The new features, expected to be announced at Apple’s world-wide developer conference beginning June 11, will allow iCloud users to share sets of photos with other iCloud users and to comment on them, these people said… Apple is trying to better compete in the red-hot market for photo sharing, dominated by fast-growing online services such as Facebook Inc. and mobile apps like Instagram—which Facebook has agreed to acquire for $1 billion.
The report also states Apple is “rolling out new features cautiously” as they are worrying about the cost of storing large amounts of data, but is also considering increasing the maximum number of photos and albums users can store:
…Apple is rolling out new features cautiously as it worries about the costs of storing huge volumes of user data, the people familiar with the matter said… Apple executives continue to discuss expanding the number of photos and albums users can store via iCloud to make the service resemble its iPhoto downloadable software, one of the people familiar with the matter said. But it is moving cautiously because of costs.
The report also said that the refreshed iCloud service would include Notes and Reminders through their website, which was leaked last week. It’s somewhat ironic that they’re worried about costs though, since the company has billions of dollars.